I am somewhat surprised, in fact, I am astonished, at the course this discussion has taken. I wish to tell the hon. member for Red Deer (Mr. Clark) that I was not waving any flag; I simply put a quiet resolution on the Order Paper, wishing for an expression of opinion which would discourage foreigners coming into this country and waving not only one flag, but hundreds of flags. You cannot go to a theatre but on the stage, if the company have to wave a flag they wave the stars and stripes, or a foreign flag. I think it would be only common decency and politeness when these companies come here to take the money of our people that they should wave only the flag of our country. I have the greatest respect for foreign flags, but I think they might, in common politeness and decency, wave the flag of Great Britain. It seems to me ignorance on their part not to do so.
Reference has been made to flying the Union Jack on all our public buildings. I have no such intention; I do not wish it. There are certain buildings over which the flag should fly, such as customs houses. It flies on the customs house in London, but I had no intention of having it placed on all public buildings. I was not waving the flag; I simply wanted to discourage hundreds and hundreds of foreigners coming in here and bringing in not one, but dozens of Mr. CHISHOLM.
flags, covering all their vehicles. The moment they go to a watering place they erect a flagstaff apd on it place a foreign flag. Hundreds of children go to Muskoka and other places and find not a Union Jack, nothing but foreign flags. It is a great mistake, our own children get the idea that it is our flag and unfortunately many of our people do not understand the flag. The red ensign we fly on our buildings is a ship's flag and we have no right to fly it in that way. The Union Jack should fly on all private buildings. On our ships we use a Canadian flag, that is, a British flag, with a coat of arms in The corner to let the customs officers know that the ship is from Canada, and in Australia they do the same thing, but they are not national flags, and it is a pity that when our people want to use a flag they do not use the Union Jack, that the flag of the empire. The hon. member for Pictou (Mr. Macdonald) has been very polite, saying the resolution was crude and ungrammatical. I would like to see some of his documents. If we read them through, I believe we would find many of them much worse than that. Some of these professional men have got the idea that no one is fit to draw a resolution but themselves. I have no fault to find with that. I am surprised that the member for Red Deer should think I was -waving the flag.
If I had been asked to withdraw the resolution at the proper time I would have done so. but after it has gone to the country now I would be ashamed to go back to my constituents and say I had withdrawn it. I would like to oblige the Finance Minister and the Minister of Public Works by withdrawing, but if I did so now I would become a laughing-stock. It is a resolution for which every man should vote. 1 simply w &nt an expression of opinion from the House to discourage this promiscuous flying of foreign flags instead of our own.
House divided on amendment, Mr. Macdonald (Pictou).
Aylesworth (Sir Allen),
Chisholm (Antigonish) Chisholm (Inverness), Clark (Red Deer), Clarke (Essex), Congdon,
McLean l(Huron), McMillan,
Marcile (Bagot), Martin (Montreal,
, St. Mary's),
Martin (Wellington), Meigs,
Lanctot (Richelieu), Laurier (Sir Wilfrid), law,
Re:d (Restigouche), Richards,
Ross (Middlesex), Rutan,
Smith (Middlesex), Sperry,
Turcotte (Nicolet), Turgeon,
White (Victoria, Alta.) and
Borden (Halifax), Bradbury,
Chisholm (Huron), Crosby,
Haggart (Winnipeg), Henderson,
Taylor (Leeds), Taylor
(New Westminster) Tlioburn,
White (Renfrew), Wilcox,
Wilson (Lennox and Addington) and Wright.-49
Gordon (Kent), Fisher,
Borden (Sir F.), Paterson,
Gordon (Nipissdng), Owen,
Smith (Stormont), Turriff,
McLean (Sunbury), Rankin,
Martin (Regina), Gervais,
Turcotte (Quebec), Parent,
Roy (Dorchester), Black.
Currie (Simcoe), Slxarpe (Ontario), Sharpe (Lisgar), Rhodes,
Motion for adjournment of the debate agreed to.
Subtopic: FLYING OF FLAGS IN CANADA.